1964 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1964 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 32nd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 20 and 21 June 1964. It was also the ninth round of the 1964 World Sportscar Championship season.

Pre-race[edit]

Le Mans in 1964

In 1963, Ford had almost won the Indianapolis 500 on its first try with Lotus. The Indianapolis powerplant, a 4.2L aluminum block Fairlane engine with a Colotti gearbox, was installed in the new Ford GT40s.

The new white and blue coupe made its first appearance in April at Le Mans test days. The results were disappointing, as the car was unstable on the straight, however Ford sent one car to Germany for Phil Hill and Bruce McLaren to race in the 1000km Nürburgring. The GT40 qualified second to a Ferrari 275P, but retired after 15 laps. Ford entered three GT40s in the 24 Hours and could also count on Shelby's Cobra Daytona coupés.

Even if the reliability of the GT40 was questionable, Ferrari took Ford as a serious threat. The works entered four prototypes at Le Mans, three 3.3L 275Pa and a 4.0L 330P. Other Ferrari prototypes, including two 330Ps, were entered by the British team Maranello Concessionaires, the Belgian team Equipe Nationale Belge and the American North American Racing Team (NART).

The race was marred by the deaths of 3 spectators caused by an accident during nighttime hours. James Gilbert and Lionel Yvonnick, both 19 from Western France and Jacques Ledoux, 17 from Paris were standing at a point at the section between Arnage and Maison Blanche, were hit by Giancarlo Baghetti's Ferrari and Peter Bolton's AC Cobra. Bolton's Cobra suffered a gearbox failure while trying to pass a Renault, and he ended up in Baghetti's path, and the two cars collided and hit the three spectators. The three people were standing in a forbidden zone of the circuit. Baghetti emerged uninjured, and Bolton was taken to hospital with minor injuries.[1]

Race[edit]

Pedro Rodríguez took the best start with the NART 330P. Richard Attwood's No. 12 Ford GT-40 caught fire in the evening. Phil Hill drove the sole surviving GT40, and broke into the top three coming from 32nd during the night and establishing a lap record at 131.375 mph (211.4 km/h). Just before 05:30, Phil brought the last GT40 to the pits. After some discussion between Ford officials, the cause of the retirement was a gearbox failure. The factory-entered Ferrari of Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella took the win.

Official results[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 P
5.0
20 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC France Jean Guichet
Italy Nino Vaccarella
Ferrari 275P Ferrari 3.3L V12 349
2 P
5.0
14 United Kingdom Maranello Concessionaires United Kingdom Graham Hill
Sweden Jo Bonnier
Ferrari 330P Ferrari 4.0L V12 344
3 P
5.0
19 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC United Kingdom John Surtees
Italy Lorenzo Bandini
Ferrari 330P Ferrari 4.0L V12 337
4 GT
+3.0
5 United States Shelby-American Inc. United States Dan Gurney
United States Bob Bondurant
Shelby Cobra Daytona Ford 4.7L V8 334
5 GT
3.0
24 Belgium Ecurie Nationale Belge Belgium Lucien Bianchi
Belgium Jean Blaton
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 333
6 GT
3.0
25 United Kingdom Maranello Concessionaires United Kingdom Innes Ireland
South Africa Tony Maggs
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 328
7 GT
2.0
34 France Auguste Veuillet France Robert Buchet
France Guy Ligier
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 2.0L Flat-4 323
8 GT
2.0
33 Netherlands Racing Team Holland Netherlands Ben Pon
Netherlands Henk van Zalinge
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 2.0L Flat-4 319
9 GT
3.0
27 United States North American Racing Team (NART)
France Fernand Tavano
France Fernand Tavano
United States Bob Grossman
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 315
10 GT
2.0
31 Germany Porsche System Engineering Germany Gerhard Koch
Switzerland Heinz Schiller
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 2.0L Flat-4 315
11 GT
2.0
35 Switzerland Scuderia Filipinetti Switzerland Herbert Müller
Switzerland Claude Sage
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 2.0L Flat-4 309
12 GT
2.0
32 France "Franc" France Jacques Dewes
France Jean Kerguen
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 2.0L Flat-4 308
13 GT
1.6
57 Italy Scuderia St. Ambroeus Italy Roberto Bussinello
Italy Bruno Deserti
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Alfa Romeo 1.6L I4 307
14 P
+5.0
1 France Auguste Veuillet Belgium Pierre Noblet
Switzerland Edgar Berney
Iso Grifo A3C Chevrolet 5.4L V8 307
15 GT
1.6
41 Italy Scuderia St. Ambroeus Italy Giampiero Biscaldi
Italy Giancarlo Sala
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Alfa Romeo 1.6L I4 305
16 P
5.0
23 Belgium Ecurie Nationale Belge France Pierre Dumay
Belgium Gerard Langlois van Ophem
Ferrari 250LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 298
17 P
3.0
46 France Société des Automobiles Alpine France Roger Delageneste
Republic of Ireland Henry Morrogh
Alpine M64 Renault-Gordini 1.1L I4 292
18 GT
+3.0
64 France Société Chardonnet France Régis Fraissinet
France Jean de Mortemart
AC Cobra Ford 4.7L V8 289
19 GT
2.0
37 United Kingdom British Motor Corporation United Kingdom Paddy Hopkirk
United Kingdom Andrew Hedges
MG MGB Hardtop MG 1.8L I4 287
20 P
3.0
59 France Société des Automobiles Alpine France Roger Masson
Italy Teodore Zeccoli
Alpine M63 Renault-Gordini 1.0L I4 284
21 P
3.0
50 United Kingdom Standard Triumph United Kingdom David Hobbs
Netherlands Rob Slotemaker
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1.1L I4 272
22 GT
1.3
43 United Kingdom Team Elite '62 United Kingdom Clive Hunt
United Kingdom John Wagstaff
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1.2L I4 266
23 GT
1.3
52 France Société Automobiles René Bonnet France Philippe Farjon
France Serge Lelong
René Bonnet Aérodjet Renault-Gordini 1.1L I4 260
24 P
3.0
53 United Kingdom Donald Healey Motor Company United Kingdom Clive Baker
United Kingdom William Bradley
Austin-Healey Sprite Sebring BMC 1.1L I4 257

Not Classified[edit]

Failed to cover 70% of winner's distance (244 laps)

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
25 P
3.0
47 France Société des Automobiles Alpine Belgium Mauro Bianchi
France Jean Vinatier
Alpine M63 Renault-Gordini 1.0L I4 230

Did Not Finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
26 P
3.0
30 Germany Porsche System Engineering United Kingdom Colin Davis
Germany Gerhard Mitter
Porsche 904/8 Porsche 2.0L Flat-8 244
27 GT
+3.0
18 United Kingdom Michael Salmon United Kingdom Michael Salmon
United Kingdom Peter Sutcliffe
Aston Martin DP214 Aston Martin 3.7L I6 235
28 P
3.0
48 France Société Automobiles René Bonnet France Robert Bouharde
France Michel de Bourbon-Palma
René Bonnet Aérodjet Renault-Gordini 1.1L I4 216
29 P
5.0
10 United States Ford Motor Company United States Phil Hill
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.2L V8 192
30 GT
+3.0
16 Germany Peter Lindner Germany Peter Lindner
Germany Peter Nöcker
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Jaguar 3.8L I6 149
31 P
3.0
65 United Kingdom Standard Triumph France Jean-François Piot
France Jean-Louis Marnat
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1.1L I4 140
32 P
3.0
29 Germany Porsche System Engineering Germany Edgar Barth
Germany Herbert Linge
Porsche 904/8 Porsche 2.0L Flat-8 139
33 P
3.0
54 France Société des Automobile Alpine France Philippe Vidal
France Henri Grandsire
Alpine M64 Renault-Gordini 1.1L I4 133
34 GT
+3.0
6 United States Briggs S. Cunningham New Zealand Chris Amon
Germany Jochen Neerpasch
Shelby Cobra Daytona Ford 4.7L V8 131
35 P
3.0
45 France S.E.C.A. CD France Pierre Lelong
France Guy Verrier
CD 3 Panhard 1.2L Supercharged Flat-2 124
36 GT
+3.0
9 United Kingdom Rootes Group United Kingdom Peter Procter
United Kingdom Jimmy Blumer
Sunbeam Tiger Thunderbolt Ford 4.3L V8 118
37 GT
3.0
26 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States Ed Hugus
France José Rosinski
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 114
38 P
5.0
2 France Maserati France France André Simon
France Maurice Trintignant
Maserati Tipo 151/1 Maserati 4.9L V8 99
39 GT
+3.0
17 United Kingdom P.J. Sargent United Kingdom Peter Sargent
United Kingdom Peter Lumsden
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Jaguar 3.8L I6 80
40 P
3.0
44 France S.E.C.A. CD France Alain Bertaut
France André Guilhaudin
CD 3 Panhard 1.2L Supercharged Flat-2 77
41 GT
+3.0
3 United Kingdom AC Cars Ltd. United Kingdom Peter Bolton
United Kingdom Jack Sears
AC Cobra Coupé Ford 4.7L V8 77
42 P
5.0
21 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC United Kingdom Mike Parkes
Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti
Ferrari 275P Ferrari 3.3L V12 71
43 P
5.0
22 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Italy Giancarlo Baghetti
Italy Umberto Maglioli
Ferrari 275P Ferrari 3.3L V12 69
44 P
5.0
11 United States Ford Motor Company United States Richie Ginther
United States Masten Gregory
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.2L V8 63
45 P
3.0
56 France Société Automobiles René Bonnet France Pierre Monneret
Switzerland Jean-Claude Rudaz
René Bonnet Aérodjet Renault-Gordini 1.0L I4 62
46 P
5.0
15 United States North American Racing Team (NART) Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
United States Skip Hudson
Ferrari 330P Ferrari 4.0L V12 58
47 P
5.0
12 United States Ford Motor Company United Kingdom Richard Attwood
France Jo Schlesser
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.2L V8 58
48 P
3.0
55 France Société Automobiles René Bonnet France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
France Gérard Laureau
René Bonnet Aérodjet Renault-Gordini 1.1L I4 54
49 GT
1.6
40 Italy Scuderia St. Ambroeus Italy Fernand Masoreo
France Jean Rolland
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Alfa Romeo 1.6L I4 47
50 P
3.0
60 France Société Automobiles René Bonnet Italy Bruno Basini
France Roland Charriére
René Bonnet RB5 Renault-Gordini 1.2L I4 44
51 GT
+3.0
8 United Kingdom Rootes Group Belgium Claude Dubois
United Kingdom Keith Ballisat
Sunbeam Tiger Thunderbolt Ford 4.3L V8 37
52 P
3.0
49 United Kingdom Standard Triumph United States Michael Rotschild
United States Bob Tullius
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1.1L I4 23
53 P
3.0
42 United Kingdom Lawrence Tune Engineering United Kingdom Chris J. Lawrence
United Kingdom Gordon Spice
Deep Sanderson 301 BMC 1.3L I4 13
54 GT
1.6
38 France Royal Elysées France René Richard
France "Pierre Gelé"
Lotus Elan 26R Lotus 1.6L I4 7
55 P
5.0
58 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United Kingdom David Piper
Austria Jochen Rindt
Ferrari 250LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 0

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #19 SpA Ferrari SEFAC - 3:42.0
  • Fastest Lap - #10 Ford Motor Company - 3:49.2
  • Distance - 4695.31 km
  • Average Speed - 195.638 km/h

Trophy Winners[edit]

  • Index of Performance - #20 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #46 Société des Automobiles Alpine

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lionel Yvonnick". Motorsport Memorial. Retrieved July 21, 2012.